The Z/28 debuted back in December 1966 with a 302-cubic-inch V-8 powerhouse that pumped out 290 horsepower. The "Z/28" name actually comes from the RPO code of the original 302 c.i. engine, which used the short stroke of a 283 c.i. V-8 and the big bore of a 327 c.i. V-8. The slash was dropped from the Z28 name in 1982 and rightfully so, as the engine only produced 145 horsepower in its base setup. The final Z28 rolled off of the assembly line in the 2002 model year, but Chevy reintroduced the model and the slash for 2014. This new Camaro Z/28 is a track monster that will top the Camaro range for many years.
Transformers 4 is deep in filming major action sequences all over the world this year, with director Michael Bay’s latest tweets from Hong Kong proof enough to love or hate this guy.
As an effects and brand integration expert, Mr. Bay’s Transformers films have a huge fan base all over the world. Since 2007, these movies are directly attributed to more than $400 billion in total attributed revenue from ticket sales at the movie theaters, but also for all the products Mr. Bay integrates into his films.
Product placement is so irritating some times. More so than even Mr. Bay himself, at times, which is a big achievement.
When the brand integration is forced, it ruins the plot’s authentic feel. Seeing a Nokia or Sony smartphone in any music video since 2000 is a good example of bad product placement.
Good product placement means writing the brands into the plot of the movie from before day one.
Chevrolet has been a generous partner for the Transformers films, both footing the bill for a new fleet of Autobots for each film and also marketing the movies pretty aggressively with its own dollars.
The reason for this is simple: full-length action films have a global and multilingual reach far beyond any 30-second television commercial.
Oh, and could our new car be the Star of the film? The 2007 Transformers film debuted the Camaro before it was on sale, and since then has shown interesting concepts for what ultimately became the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
These movie cars take the ’pulse’ of GM’s styling departments by letting them create without production feasibility or engineering limits. They are, in short, the best concept cars Chevrolet makes.
So feast your eyes on the nearly 20 high-resolution pictures snapped by Ron Alder Photography in Hong Kong this week.
Click past the jump for real-life images of the Camaro BumbleBee concept that is featured in Transformers 4, arriving in theaters in June 2014.
48 hours ago, as the Youtube link of the video hit the TopSpeed newsdesk: the Z/28 track video views count stood at 111. Total.
After making waves for the last few days, the video has crested 330,000 views and is climbing fast. Why is this eight minutes of Point-of-View racing footage such an event? There are a few reasons, visible in the video itself from about 5:00 onward, when the rain starts coming down hard just as the Z/28 is on the back straight-aways. The driver briefly touches 161 mph after a lap that would sap the arm strength of pop-eye himself.
This is not a driving sim. This is not a digitally remastered classic. This is news, happening with the same leafy trees turning fall colors in Germany as in America and the rest of the world.
This crowd-sourced and social news environment is fun. It brings everyone into the game, and being included is fun.
The Z/28 has more uphill battles to climb when carving out a sales niche for itself in the Camaro lineup. As an all-new model for 2015, the intimidating badge can now finally back up its bar-room swagger out on the roads.
But who was this brave ace of a racing driver behind the wheel of the eardrum-shattering supercar? Initial ideas about who hangs out at the ’Ring led us to the Queen: Ms. Sabine Schmitz and her expertise on this track on everything from a bike to a semi truck. If there is one driver who knows this course and its many, mnay variables in traction: it is Sabine.
But the world is filled with many other superhero drivers. TopSpeed has a strong hunch that the white helmet behind the wheel of the Z/28 was not Sabine, but rather… another household name.
Some say… to click past the jump for the full TopSpeed "Wanted" Dossier on the 2014 Camaro Z/28’s Nurburgring driver.
If the new Stingray has really been to chassis and charm school for 2014, what about the equally-exciting 2014 Camaro Z28?
With tires from a steamroller and a soundtrack to match, the Camaro is faster than ever with its refreshed aerodynamics and electronics for 2014.
What Chevrolet shows in this high-resolution video is a single brave driver challenging the ultimate proving ground, the north circuit of the Nurburgring. For give the lack of ’umlat dots’ over the U - this is breaking news.
An insider tip gives TopSpeed the jump on this story, which is sure to be huge news.
Not sure what size shoes this driver wears, or how he became so brave on the dizzing array of corners, elevation changes, and ultimate blaring high-speed run down the back straight.
The headline is the time achieved by the Z28 in these damp conditions. A 7:37:47 is a major accomplishment for the Z28, easily lopping 30 seconds off what a similar SS could achieve before 2014.
Performance Traction Management brings part of the thrill under control, but the blaring soundtrack and high-definition timer visuals offer a Camaro like no other.
And none with absolutely super-car-fast lap times on the world’s hardest track. This video this a must-watch event, so put it on HD mode, and sit back for the thrill ride of a lifetime in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
Updated 10/15/2013: This article has been updated with a mega photo gallery of the 2014 Z/28’s most recent adventure.
Modifying Camaros has been a long-standing tradition with gear heads everywhere, and now owners of fifth-generation Camaros have a one-stop shop for their go-fast goodies. Chevrolet Performance has released a whole slew of factory-engineered performance parts that not only help Camaros perform well, but also retain their factory warranties.
Chevrolet says its portfolio of parts is designed to make V-6 and SS Camaro more capable on the street and track. Need more stopping power for your stock Camaro SS? Upgrade your front brakes to those massive 14.6-inch rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers found underneath the ZL1 . Didn’t order the “Track Pack” option and now regretting it? No problem. Swap up to the 1LE Performance Package for both V-6 and SS models, which includes beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, retuned front struts, new monotube rear shocks and stiffer toe links.
Other upgrades include a low-restriction air filter, high-flow fuel pump, short-throw manual shifter, front strut tower brace, complete ZL1 independent rear axle assembly (much stronger than the SS’s rear axle) and even an upgraded camshaft and cylinder head package for the SS model that’s good for an extra 40 horsepower.
For those looking to race their Camaro, Chevrolet Performance is also offering many high-performance parts found in the limited-production COPO Camaro — an all-out, drag strip-oriented build that pays homage to the original 1969 “Central Office Production Order” Camaro built to compete in NHRA drag strip events.
Since debuting in 2012, the ZL1 trim has topped the Camaro range, thanks to is 580-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant and other performance-oriented components. Well, the ZL1 will lose its spot atop the retail Camaro lineup in 2014, as the model’s chief engineer confirmed to Jay Leno that the new-for-2014 Z/28 model will top the ZL1’s $56,500 base price.
To the layman, a 580-horsepower car within the same lineup should always cost more than a 500-horsepower variant of the same model. However, the Z/28 is far more than just a "numbers" car, as it is a track-tuned beast with components typically reserved for top-line European exotics . And it’s these components that make the Camaro Z/28 the new range topper, so let’s have a look at them.
The most obvious of additions is the 7.0-liter V-8 that it borrowed from the Corvette Z06, but Chevy added to that a 10.5-quart dry-sump oiling system to handle keeping the engine lubricated when fighting 1.05g of lateral force in the corners and a liquid-to-liquid oil-cooling system.
The engine is nothing short of awesome, but where the real fun comes is in the suspension and brakes. First, GM added in spool-valve dampers that are usually reserved for road-racing and exotic cars. These dampers offer four-way tuning for the bump and rebound, which allowed engineers to stiffen the dampers without making the ride overly harsh. Also added in are stiffer-rate springs and stiffer bushings, which are the often-overlooked components that help minimize body roll in the corners.
Next came the super-wide 19-inch aluminum wheels that not only save 42 pounds in unsprung weight, but also drop the ride height by 33 mm (1.3 inches) and afford the real estate needed to install some sticky 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires — this is the first time these tires see use on a production model.
The last addition comes by way of a set of standard — yes, I said "standard" — Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors, which are expensive options on plenty of models that eclipse the $100k mark. Up front, these pricey rotors measure 394-by-36 mm (15.5-by-1.4 inch) and are squeezed by six-pot calipers. The rear rotors are 390-by-32 mm (15.4-by-1.3 inches) and are gripped by four-piston calipers. Not only do these CCM brakes save another 28 pounds in unsprung weight, but they also play a key role in the Z/28 producing 1.5g in deceleration force. so buckle your seatbelts, folks.
Now for addition by subtraction, as Chevy eliminated the tire-inflation kit, all sound-deadening materials, trunk carpeting, HID headlights, fog lights and air-conditioning (optional) to help shave more weight. It then installed 3.2 mm (0.125-inch) glass in the rear, which is 0.3 mm (0.0118 inches) thinner than the standard glass, and replaced the standard battery with a smaller battery. These deductions, combined with the other weight-saving measures, leave the Z/28’s weight a stunning 300 pounds less than the ZL1 and 100 pounds less than the SS.
With all this precision tuning and additions, it becomes crystal clear exactly why the powerful ZL1 loses its top spot in the lineup.